As Saint Etienne continue to write material for the follow-up to last year's acclaimed Sound Of Water, the British electronic-pop trio plan to tide fans over with an "interlude" between the two albums.
Interlude, a 12-song collection of b-sides and outtakes from the Sound Of Water sessions, will be released on March 20 on Sub Pop, the band's U.S. label. A 10-song vinyl addition will also be available.
B-sides on the album include "Roseneck" and "Red Setter" from the "How We Used to Live" single, "Northwestern" and "Shoot Out the Lights" from "Boy Is Crying," and "Bar Conscience" and "Thank You" from "Heart Failed (In the Back of a Taxi)".
"Stevie," Saint Etienne's contribution to the Beach Boys tribute album Caroline Now!, is also included on Interlude, along with original tracks "Queen of Polythene, "Mountain Rain" and "Le Ballade de Saint Etienne." Hybrid's remix of "Boy Is Crying" and the previously unavailable Trouser Enthusiasts (born Ian Masterson) mix of "Lose That Girl" are available only on the CD, as are two versions of the video for "How We Used to Live."
Saint Etienne singer Sarah Cracknell and producer/multi-instrumentalists
Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs recorded Sound of Water, their fifth album, in the spring and summer of 1999, partially in Berlin.
The album was released last June, after which the group embarked on a 12-city North American tour only their third time playing the States in their 12-year history (see "Saint Etienne Lines Up Rare North American Trek").
Last September, Cracknell, the voice on Paul van Dyk's 2000 hit "Tell My Why (The Riddle)," also released Kelly's Locker, a U.S.-only collection of B-sides from her solo album, Lipslide, and new tracks.
Saint Etienne's next album will likely be released early next year, a Sub Pop spokesperson said. Wiggs promised in a statement that the new material will be "seven times better" than past projects.